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30 languages, 1 map: European Word Translator provides a cool way to learn something new

30 languages, 1 map: European Word Translator provides a cool way to learn something new

Thank you, James Trimble, for creating an informative time waster combining all of my favorite travel geek interests – maps, Europe, linguistic patterns, and language evolution. As if his work on UK Data Explorer wasn’t cool enough, Trimble has created a page that allows readers to plug in any English word – including curse words – and have it translated across a map of Europe.

Matador and St. Martin’s Press announce 2014 travel book: 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die

Matador and St. Martin’s Press announce 2014 travel book: 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die

St. Martin’s Press and Matador are stoked to announce the forthcoming publication of the book 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die.PART TRAVEL GUIDE, PART SOCIAL COMMENTARY, and part drunken cultural anthropology, 101 Places goes where no travel book has gone before. Join Matador’s crew of award winning travel journalists and ambassadors plus an all-star cast of party-crashers as we breach security, ride ill-recommended ferries, and hike miles into the wilderness to report on partying possibilities all over.

7 places gringos love to visit in Brazil (and why they’re mostly right on)

7 places gringos love to visit in Brazil (and why they’re mostly right on)

1. Inhotim (Brumadinho, Minas Gerais)This one goes out to art lovers everywhere. Imagine a private property set within mountains, ornamented with exquisite plants and some of the most dramatic visual installations you’ve seen. Welcome to Instituto Inhotim.A first-time visitor should take at least two days to see it all.

What happens when “off the beaten track” isn’t where you really want to be?

What happens when “off the beaten track” isn’t where you really want to be?

“What have you been doing?” I asked my guide after he arrived an hour late to go for dinner.“Drinking,” was his short, slurred answer. With a challenging stare he dared me to comment. I merely nodded and suggested we find something to eat.We were in a small Degar village in the central highlands of Vietnam, on the third day of a four-day motorcycle trip.

How to piss off a Malaysian

How to piss off a Malaysian

MALAYSIANS ARE a strange bunch — some of us are fiercely loyal to our nation, while others are more than willing to jump ship for greener pastures abroad. But we all remain proud of our homeland despite the silly corruption scandals, squat toilets, potholes that destroy our car tyres, and smelly longkangs (stormdrains) we endure for that delicious bowl of laksa.

The samurai history of my sashimi knife

The samurai history of my sashimi knife

“There’s a ghost in there!” Mariko said. I looked inside to an old man, pale and haggard. He sat cross-legged on a section of raised flooring behind a low display counter full of scissors. He fiddled, focused and deliberate, with some metal object on an impromptu desk made from a toaster-sized wooden block.